Saturday, August 31, 2013


This baby quilt is for young August James who was born August 22 weighing 3 pounds 6 ounces.  His mom Jen is fine and his dad Jim is, I assume, over the moon.  The little man will be in the hospital for a while longer, which I'm sure must be very hard on his parents.  Jennifer is a woman who teaches art at the high school I retired from, and she's the epitome of professionalism, including national certification.  She also joined my Chicago Modern Quilt Guild last year. 

I'm looking forward to hearing monthly tales of young August (Augie? Gus? AJ?)  This 46" x 56" quilt is for his droooling, crawling,  and napping pleasure.

My friend Wayne puts quilts into two categories:  hangers and draggers.  This quilt is for sure meant to be a dragger. The backing fabric is a sturdy batik, and the binding is navy blue.  Kennedy's school colors?  Blue and Gold.  Perfect post for this last day of August!

Friday, August 30, 2013

An End, a Middle, and Some Great Beginnings

Well, this is a great feeling - to have scanned and shipped the final quilts for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.  Founder Ami Simms is close to raising $1,000,000 for Alzheimer's research.  My scanning buddy and fellow Chicago Modern Quilt Guildster Eileen O'Regan and I are both proud of our involvement in this effort and thrilled that it's come to a close. 

That means we are now free to go on to more projects than we already do.  Here is a baby quilt in process - I'm hoping this Labor Day allows me to finish the binding.  And I might even do it by hand because the recipient is pretty special.  An official blog post is forthcoming. 

And there aren't a lot of things that make me squeal with delight.  But this packet of 12" zippers from Zipit, an Etsy shop, does.  Love the colors!  Can't wait to introduce these zippers to my scraps!  Happy Labor Day Weekend (which is one that keeps John busy with the Chicago Jazz Festival!). 

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Baby Quilt for ..... A House!

My sister's 5 month old grandson is leaving Manhattan for the first time and coming, along with his parents, to visit Paula and her husband Dennis, now and forever more to be known as Mimi and Poppi. Sure, I made a baby quilt for young Henry and even delivered it on a day trip to NYC. But this quilt is for my sister's house, for Henry when he visits and for any future sibs or cousins he might have. Paula - er, I mean Mimi - chose these colors. I chose the design. It's Jacquie Gering's Outside In, and one that I enjoy making and quilting. It's a napping quilt size - 48" x 60". Mimi's quilt was quilted in quarters, and then the four quarters were joined using the reversible quilting technique that Sharon Pederson developed and wrote about. There's a little label on the back of the quilt: For Mimi and Poppi, August 2013, Donna. In August 1971 my sister and her husband were married. YIKES! That's 42 years ago! Happy Anniversary!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Three More WOW! Duffel/Totes and an Aeroplane Bag in Process

These three new WOW! duffel/tote bags are all very clever and very sturdy. I'd provide a link, but all I know is that I bought the pattern from the Jinny Beyer web site. The pattern is clever, and I've made it before. My sister-in-law gifted her realtor with a bag from my studio, and this is what Linda chose, along with two others, gifts for her sisters. Stylish! Sturdy! So practical! Below is an Aeroplane bag due in mid-September for Wayne's mother-in-law, whom I love. I can't wait to start this. Pauline has chose the black and white striped fabric draped over the bag and wants a hot pink lining. Talk about traveling in style!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Trip Kit #7 and a Process Post

Kit #7
Sheets of Strips
Some interesting batiks
Ethnic?  African?  I love this...

Monday, August 5, 2013

Trip Kits 4, 5, and 6

Seeing these kits makes me eager to start sewing. Stay tuned for some quilty loveliness! (Third picture makes me realize I need a different middle border...)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Creating Trip Around the World Kits

Between Aeroplane Bags and Trips Around the World, it seems I have traveling on my mind when actually we have nothing but a little road trip to Kansas City in September planned.  However, the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild's Fall 2013 Sew-to-Serve-Chicago charity focus is Teen Living, an organization that helps foster teens transition to independent living. What a great reason to go through my stash and revisit one of my favorite and first quilting patterns.  So far I have three kits put together.  And looking at what's on the studio floor and still on the stash shelves, I think there are at least three more kits to put together.
Eileen has volunteered to do this kit of turquoises and browns. Are you noticing that none of these kits so far is very girly? What can I say? Stay tuned for more kits... (final word: Hooray for new rotary cutter blades and my Oliso iron!)